Knuth opened the door. The chamber was fifty feet deep, extended twenty feet to both sides of the door, and had a ten foot ceiling.
Knarra, Roscoe, Tyllmon Aivendar, Rabe Thayers, Spech, Foutte Luce, Kallen Ohmes, Hahn Channity, Brenda Vansant, and Ravenna entered the chamber with Knuth Gainriches. Firiniel, Tarrick, Selyag, Naince, and the Centaur Trueheart remained in the hallway.
The faintly illuminated room was quite cool. An odd lamp bubbled on a table in the upper right corner of the room and lit the room. It emitted a reddish glow and gave the appearance of molten rock- but lava would be hot. Closer inspection revealed white stone jutted out a few inches from the peculiar table.
Was this ivory?
Roscoe found faint nonspecific emanations of Magick. Suddenly the door slammed shut behind them. Knuth found only solid wall where the door had been.
At the moment that the outer door closed, a secret door opened on the opposite wall. A shadowy creature entered the room and stood near the odd table. The beast appeared friendly, stood the height of an elf, and had the stature of a goblin. The furry little beast swayed rhythmically, pressed the ivory extensions with three of its four hands, and filled the room sounds- a repeating bass rhythm under a freely and elaborately syncopated melody.
Knuth said, “I think I feel bad!”
Ravenna added, “I… I have the blues!”
Rabe Thayers and Foutte started dancing.
“It’s a boogie man!” Roscoe shouted.
“Cover your ears!” Knarra added.
It was too late. The entire party danced. It was impossible to control their weapons or effectively conjure. They heard faint pounding from the hallway- their comrades tried to reopen the portal to the room.
Ravenna sang, “I’m going to dance all night. I’m going to dance all night.”
She shook her red hair wildly and twisted her backside in a rhythmic fashion.
“What sort of beast is this?” Brenda asked as she pirouetted.
“They are usually the life… and death of many parties. The sounds create a mass charm type effect. You can’t help but feel the power of the sounds. Wow! He really knows how to sing the ‘blues’!” Knarra said- she interrupted her comments and shook awhile.
She continued, “The boogie man isn’t dangerous alone. It’s more mischievous and fond of drink, Magick items, and ‘bling’- gaudy things. The boogie man will ally for such rewards with other creatures; its antics tire out potential adversaries. I…”
She was really getting down.
Roscoe cut a mean rug. The sorcerer tried to level his staff but misdirected the Jolt Spell- the charge glanced off the ceiling.
“What can we do about this boogie-man?” Rabe asked.
“You may as well enjoy it,” Knuth surmised. “Brenda, may I have this dance?”
“Yes, Knuth. I thought you would never ask!” Brenda answered.
“Why? Why? Why would this room be here? The ceilings so low, so low, the giants can’t be near! I just wish, I just wish, I had some brew, some brew; and a woman, and a woman, and a woman or two. I’m Foutte Luce, Foutte Luce; I’ve got on my dancing shoes! I’m Foutte Luce, Foutte Luce; I’m going to sing to you!” Foutte sang.
It wasn’t very melodic- well, maybe to a dwarf.
They danced for an hour.
Knarra tried unsuccessfully to cast a Silence Spell upon her personage.
Kallen sang, “Left, left, left…you aren’t doing it correctly Channity!”
Hahn replied, “Right, right, right…get with it Ohmes!”
Knarra danced toward the boogie man, reached into her robe, removed a shiny object, and tossed the bauble into the air toward the furry beast. The little beast snatched the ring from the air with its fourth hand, placed the ring on one on the four fingers, and stopped playing Musick.
The room was briefly quiet. Then…
The boogie man transformed into a large toad and hopped around the room.
The door reappeared on the wall behind them. The rest of the group rushed into the room and found their comrades panting and fatigued.
“I just can’t stop dancing! Woah! Woah!” Foutte exclaimed.
“You don’t have an excuse now, you idiot!” Rabe cajoled.
Knarra and Roscoe tarried in the room after the others went into the passageway. The ‘cursed’ boogie man hopped away through the door it had entered. The door closed behind the unhappy hopper.